THURSDAY OCTOBER 2, 2008 – TUESDAY NOVEMBER 4, 2008
In January 2008 Storefront presented an international call for ideas: “What if the White House, the ultimate architectural symbol of political power, were to be designed today? On the occasion of the election of the 44th President of the United States of America, Storefront for Art and Architecture, in association with Control Group, challenge you to design a new residence for the world’s most powerful individual.”
Joint Third Prize Winners Grant Gibson, Chis-Annmarie Spencer
The new White House subverts the established relationship between a citizen and their government. This architecture seeks to draw emphasis away from formal significance and ornamentation. In this proposal, ornament is treated as an applique onto the design rather than to express material. Inhabitants are left with a building that is not meant to hold the same grandeur and iconic status, leaving them to contemplate their relationships with fellow Americans. This historical moment requires a building that creates environmental moods and experiences which connect individuals with one and other and their leaders.
Joint Third Prize Winners Wayne Congar, Arrielle Assouline-Lichten
The White House has been transformed from a built expression of presidential power to an emblem of cloistered politics and public inaccessibility. White House 2.0 facilitates an open exchange of ideas between the government and the global public. Public input is collected, filtered, and projected onto walls of the West Wing. Individuals are able to track the processes by which their input is incorporated into policy and spectate the inner workings of the White House via webcams places throughout the building. The circulation of the building is dictated by an empowered public.